This tanker was sitting on a remote grass strip for 16 years and then flown out of there by my friends Ken and Taigh. They plus an unnamed army of volunteers has turned this aircraft into a flying museum. It is complete with original parts (90%). It was painted 4 weeks ago and here is one of the first photos of the restored aircraft.
The PV-2 Harpoon was a major redesign of the Ventura with the wing area increased from 551 ft² (51.2 m²) to 686 ft² (63.7 m²) giving an increased load-carrying capability. The motivation for redesign was weaknesses in the PV-1, since it had shown to have poor-quality takeoffs when carrying a full load of fuel.
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Photo source: Ken Terpstra